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1998 marauder 800 quit today startor?

Was out today and bike started bogging like bad gas so I down shifted and it did it again, then no throttle power and the bike just died. Won't start I do have power and it tries to fire but nothing. Took a look today found a broken plug looked like a spark plug or start or plug wire? Its on the right hand side just under the gas tank by the key. Anyone have any idea what this could be?
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Took it to the shop and there was a spark plug wire cable broke and no gas. Anyone ever hear of the clutch lever switch goin bad?
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Yes, the switch that Suzuki uses needs service, or it can quit on you. It has a small plastic bit which is moved by the lever. If the switch gets grimy, because of exposure to the elements, it can just not make contact, or get stiff and break that plastic bit. You can just bypass the switch; it's just there to keep dummies from trying to start in gear.

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What? be a little more clear at to what you found so we can possibly help.
My sentiments exactly. Seems to me that writing skills are going to h*ll quickly in this internet age of ours. Sometimes it is like reading a foreign language.

Come on America! Don't get lazy. Being able to communicate effectively is the most basic requirement for getting ahead in life.

Rant over. You can now return to motorcycle stuff.

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Yes, the switch that Suzuki uses needs service, or it can quit on you. It has a small plastic bit which is moved by the lever. If the switch gets grimy, because of exposure to the elements, it can just not make contact, or get stiff and break that plastic bit. You can just bypass the switch; it's just there to keep dummies from trying to start in gear.
Is there a DIY on bypassing this or would spraying some contact cleaner fix this? Recently I've been using the key but it seems to be not working as effectively now
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The switch should unscrew from the lever assembly, so you can clean it out, then apply some dielectric grease to keep it working. You have to be very careful not to break the little plastic nub off when putting it back on. See #20 on this drawing:http://www.boulevardsuzuki.com/fiche...1997&fveh=1900

The wires connect with a small connector - you can make up a wire to stuff into each contact, and tape it up securely, if you just want to bypass it.

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